New Delhi: Throwing shoes at the leaders (mostly the politicos) in a bid to express angst seems to have become a global phenomenon that shows no sign of fading away.

The shoe throwing incidents at leaders began after an Iraqi journalist, Muntazar-al Zaidi, threw his shoes at US president George Bush in 2008, sparking a string of copy-cat attacks.

Later, shoes were tossed at Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and even Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Since that infamous 2008 incident, shoes have been tossed at Prime Minister of China, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and the chief justice of Israel's Supreme Court.

The latest being Friday’s incident when former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf escaped a shoe attack at Sindh High Court. For Musharraf, it was for the third time that he came under the shoe attack. An unidentified man lobbed a shoe at the former military dictator when he appeared in a Pakistani Court. Fortunately, the shoe failed to hit the target and Musharaf escaped unhurt.

Jagran Post takes a look back at those prominent faces who have been the ‘shoe-pullers’ 

George W Bush


This was the first ever occasion in December 2008 when this unique method ofprotest came to fore. During a press conference at the Prime Minister's Palace in Baghdad, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at US President George W Bush terming it a farewell kiss. "This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog", yelled al-Zaidi in Arabic as he threw his first shoe towards the US president. He was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, which was later decreased to 1 year.

Wen Jiabao

A 27-year-old German national Martin Jahnke threw his shoe on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a lecture session in London in 2009. Showing his anguish, Jahnke shouted, "How can the university prostitute itself with this dictator here? How can you listen to these lies he's telling?" Jiabao, however, escaped the attack.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

In 2009, a student threw a shoe at the then director of International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The shoe did not hit Kahn but landed on the stage.

P Chidambaram

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram who held the portfolio of Union Home Minister in 2009 also faced similar attack when a Sikh journalist Jarnail Singh hurled his shoe at him during a press conference. Jarnail Singh was let off without any charges after he apologized for his action.

Manmohan Singh

In 2009, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came under a shoe attack in Ahmedabad during an election rally. A 28-year-old man made an attempt to throw his shoe at the Prime Minister but he failed in his ambitions as the shoe landed a few meters away from the PM.

B S Yeddyurappa

In the year 2009, a slipper was hurled at the then Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at an election rally. The slipper landed far from the dais, but the attacker was arrested and charged with assault.

Asif Ali Zardari

In 2010, Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari was attacked by shoes during his visit to Birmingham in England.

Omar Abdullah

On 15 August 2010, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was shoe attacked by a police officer while he was proceeding towards the stage to address a gathering organised on India's 64th Independence Day.

Suresh Kalmadi

In 2011, former chairman of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi was attacked by slipper while he was being taken to the court in connection with the CWG scam case. The attacker was identified as one Kapil Thakur from Madhya Pradesh.

Tony Blair

In 2010, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was attacked by shoe and eggs at a signing for his book, A Journey, outside Eason'sin Dublin.

Janardan Dwivedi

In 2011, Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi was targeted at a press conference by a man who tried to throw a shoe at him.

Arvind Kejriwal

In 2011, RTI activist and leader of Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal was targeted in Lucknow by one Jitendra Pathak who hurled a shoe at him. However, Kejriwal missed the attack.

Varun Gandhi

In 2011, agitated BJP workers hurled shoes at the cavalcade of party MP Varun Gandhion after he allegedly refused to attend a function in Uttar Pradesh.

Pervez Musharraf

In November 2011, a shoe was hit at Musharraf in London when he was addressing the Kashmiri community.That was not the first time when he escaped the attack. In February 2011, a man threw a shoe at Musharraf when he was addressing a gathering in London. The shoe fell in the front rows and failed to reach the stage.

Baba Ramdev

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev had a close shave on March 2011 when a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper Mitu Singh Rathore hurled his boot at him. Rathore was angered by Ramdev’s long speech on corruption instead of a yoga demonstration at a camp in Nagpur.

Rahul Gandhi

A shoe was thrown at Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi during an election rally in January 2012 in Dehradun. The shoe fell well short of the Congress leader. One person was detained for throwing the shoe. The youth, identified as Kuldip, was immediately taken into custody.

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